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Deer check station announced for WNY

Big game hunters in Region 9 can help Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologists in their efforts to manage deer and bear populations by stopping at the Holland deer check station for opening weekend of the regular Southern Zone big game season. The DEC will operate a check-in point along Route 16 one mile south of the Town of Holland. It will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17. Participation is voluntary.

Data collected by wildlife biologists will help the DEC assess the condition of the area’s big game populations. They will check deer age and collect other important data. In addition to deer, black bears also will be assessed. Weight and sex information of harvested bruins will be collected, along with pulling of a premolar tooth to determine age.

If you would like to donate a deer to the “Hunters Helping the Hungry” program sponsored by the Venison Donation Coalition, you may drop off a deer at the check station either day before 6 p.m.

Take it, tag it, report it for big game

With archery and crossbow season underway and the regular big game season for the Southern Zone set to kick off Nov. 16, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation reminds hunters that it’s mandatory to report your harvest within seven days of taking an animal. “Take it, Tag it, Report it” is the catchphrase that is being used by the agency to emphasize the importance of following through on your harvest.

To report a deer or bear harvest, go to, call (866) 426-3778 or sign up for the DEC’s NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife app on your smartphone. It is estimated that 50% of all deer taken in the state are not reported.

Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot event set for Saturday

Trap, skeet and 5 stand are the featured shooting sports at the next gathering of the Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot program being coordinated at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Girls from age 12 to senior status will take aim at getting more women involved with shooting sports. If you need a shotgun, one will be provided after some safe gun-handling instructions. All ammunition is provided through a grant from the Friends of the NRA.

For more information on this monthly women's shooting program, contact Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023. Cost is $25 for adults to participate, $20 for junior shooters. Participants are asked to register in advance.

Orvis ladies film night to benefit Trout Unlimited

The Western NY Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Orvis Store of Buffalo (4545 Transit Road, Williamsville) will team up for a 50/50 On the Water film showing on Nov. 14. There will be 90 minutes of storytelling through film, designed to get women and other potential anglers inspired and energized for fly fishing. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the video beginning at 7 p.m. There will be some drawings for fishing-related prizes with all proceeds being given to TU to help support its programs.

“The 50/50 On the Water campaign aims to inspire more women to get out on the water and discover the joys of fly fishing,” says Adam Schroeder, Orvis Store manager.

To register, call the store at 276-7200 or sign up at

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